21 November 2007

National Marine Aquarium

The NMA building occupies a prominent position in Sutton Harbour.

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, England is Europe's deepest and Britain's largest aquarium. It is located in Coxside, next to the Barbican harbour and fishmarket. The modern building houses gigantic aquariums, a lecture hall, a cafe and a shop. The largest tank is ten metres deep and can be viewed from several different angles.

The National Marine Aquarium was the first aquarium in the United Kingdom to be set up solely for the purpose of education, conservation and research. It remains Britain's foremost aquarium and in the six years it has been open it has attracted over two million visitors through its doors and thousands of enquiries by letter, telephone, fax and email

Jubb were commissioned by The National Marine Aquarium Trust to provide Civil, Structural and Geotechnic Engineering services on this £15 million aquarium, scientific and visitor complex in Plymouth. Phase 1 was completed in 1998, with a construction cost of £15m. Jubb were closely involved in the designing of its Phase 2 extension, which includes a further deep water tank, visitors' attraction centre and offices.

CLIENT: National Marine Aquarium Trust ARCHITECT: Lacey Hickie Caley

CONTRACTOR: Symonds QUANTITY SURVEYOR: W. T. Hills

CONTRACT VALUE: £15m

There are some great photos of this fine looking building on Flickr including...National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

© Richard and Gill (lots of great Plymouth shots on this link)

Plymouth National Marine Aquarium

©Lisak1980 who also has some great interior shots here

Plymouth Marine Aquarium

© Sand-Dancer

"The Fish Museum"

© Panda Evans

barbican landmarks

©Daversion

IMG_1356

©Gilbrit (more interior shots in his set)

Photo24_24_2

© Duckwalk

The G-Man has a great HDR shot here

Plymography as usual has some stunning shots here (and explore!)

C_to_the_S also has a great collection of interior shots

Finally a reminder of the past from Richard and Gills collection is this wonderful old postcard of the original Plymouth Aquarium. The building is still there.

Plymouth Aquarium from the Hoe, 1933

Thanks as usual to all the people on Flickr who allow the 'Flickr Blog This' button. Please use these links to explore their other photos.

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